Potential of colour-infrared digital camera imagery for inventory and mapping of alien plant invasions in South African shrublands
Abstract:Australian Acacia plant species invade the fynbos biome of southern Africa and threaten the exceptionally high plant diversity in the Cape Floristic Region. We examine the utility of very-high spatial resolution (0.5 m) colour infrared (CIR) digital image data for discriminating Acacia species from native fynbos vegetation, other alien vegetation and bare ground. Image data were acquired at a very low cost with a single-chip, digital CIR camera mounted on a light aircraft. Shrub and tree features were uniquely identified using visual or computer-assisted interpretation. However, increases in dynamic range and accuracy of interpolation schemes for the single chip sensor will be required if semi-automatic and accurate mapping of invasive plants is to be achieved.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Department of Geography, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182 4493, USA 2: Institute for Plant Conservation, University of Cape Town, University Avenue, Rondebosch, South Africa
Publication date: October 15, 2000